The Samsung Galaxy S9 is still one of the best phones you can buy, but it’s not perfect. Neither is the bigger Galaxy Note 9. However, the upcoming Galaxy S10 could be the most exciting smartphone of 2019, but only if Samsung makes some big changes in a few key areas.
With that in mind, here we’ll go over what we want next from the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 Plus. We don’t know too much yet, but we’re starting to see and hear very exciting rumors as 2018 winds to a close.
Considering this is the 10th anniversary of the Galaxy S, we’re expecting big things. Below you’ll find some early rumors, followed by what we want (or need) to see from Samsung’s 10th generation Galaxy S10 smartphone.
Quick Galaxy S10 Details
- Samsung Galaxy S10 Release Date: Early March 2019, with a February announcement
- What is the Galaxy S10?: Samsung’s 10th-anniversary flagship Galaxy S phone
- What to Expect?: Three phones, triple cameras, optical fingerprint sensors (in screen) & more
- Galaxy S10 Price?: We’re guessing anywhere from $649-$999 depending on the model
Latest Galaxy S10 News & Rumors (August 28th, 2018)
This summer a few reports suggested Samsung will release three different Galaxy S10 phones in 2019. Three phones with codenames of Beyond 0, Beyond 1, and the Beyond 2. The first one has a flat 5.8-inch screen and could be somewhat affordable. Then there’s a regular Galaxy S10 curved model coming in at 6.2-inches and finally, a bigger 6.44-inch Galaxy S10+.
Recent leaks from Korea suggest the bigger Galaxy S10+ will come with five cameras, too. Not three or four, but five cameras total. Three on the back and two on the front. Industry parts experts claim that only the bigger Galaxy 10+ will get this treatment, while the two smaller S10 variants will only have four. Only. If true, we could see a regular wide lens, a telephoto zoom lens, then a third ultra wide-angle sensor. Each camera does something different. Not to mention two cameras on the front.
And finally, another Galaxy S10 rumor claims Samsung will ditch the fingerprint and Iris scanner and opt for a fingerprint scanner inside of the screen. Also known as an in-glass scanner, not to mention some new 3D facial recognition. While one rumor said only the two high-end models would have this, new reports in late August claims all three S10 devices will use this new technology.
The new rumor of the Galaxy S10, Beyond0 uses side fingerprints, Beyond1 and Beyond2 use screen fingerprints.
And Beyond0 and Beyond1 are dual cameras, and Beyond2 is three cameras.
— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) July 6, 2018
On July 5th that same trusted leakster posted on Twitter that the Galaxy S10 will get announced at Mobile World Congress in February.
5 Things We Want From the Galaxy S10
We know Samsung has something big planned for the Galaxy S10, but how big is the question. Will they do something like Apple’s iPhone X and surprise everything with a bold new design, or just improve on the same one we’re all familiar with? If they want to succeed the phone can’t look exactly like the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S9 again. So, here’s what we want to see.
1. A Premium New Design
The Samsung Galaxy S8, Note 8, S9, and the new Galaxy Note 9 all look exactly the same. There’s nothing wrong with the design, but we’re expecting a bold new bezel-free screen to take on the iPhone and Android competition. Here’s a fan-made concept video, but it could be closer than you think.
What will this new design entail? We’re not really sure. What we do know is Samsung will likely shrink the bezels even smaller than Apple and offer a truly bezel-free screen, or something similar. We’re pretty confident they’ll avoid the notch completely, but we’ll have to wait and see. We have heard the bezels will be asymmetrical, small, and barely noticeable.
We could see a new material, a folding display, or a true edge-to-edge screen like what’s shown above. The foldable Galaxy X is still coming, possibly in 2018, and that’s not the Galaxy S10 either. They are two different product lines. Expect the overall style and “identity” to remain, while they make notable changes everyone can appreciate. In fact, we believe something similar to the concept below could be the real Galaxy S10. Offering bigger screens in the same size package as the previous Galaxy S phones, while reserving the multi-camera setup for the more expensive S10+.
2. In-Display Fingerprint Scanner
We heard rumors that the Galaxy S8 would have a fingerprint scanner inside the glass, under the display. A similar rumor arrived for the Note 8 and the Galaxy S9 release. However, 2019 and the Galaxy S10 might finally be the year that happens. We’re serious this time. Other manufacturers have already done it, the upcoming OnePlus 6T will have it, and Samsung is next. Not only do we want this, but we think it needs to happen.
An explosive leak from The Bell states Samsung will ditch the fingerprints, improve 3D facial recognition, and add a fingerprint scanner under the display. Similar to the Vivo NEX and a few other phones. Now that this technology is rapidly improving, we see no reason Samsung wouldn’t do the same.
Basically, we’ve heard this rumor for years but don’t be surprised if 2019 is when it finally happens. Even in all three models available.
3. Dual, Triple, or even Five Cameras
High-end Samsung phones have some of the best cameras on the market. The Galaxy S9+ came with dual lenses, and one even has a variable aperture that physically changes on the fly to take the best possible photos in any lighting situation. They’re impressive, but that doesn’t mean it can’t get better.
Various reports believe the Galaxy S10 line will have 3-5 cameras depending on the model. That’s two on the front and two on the back. At least for the first two Galaxy S10 handsets. Recent leaks from Korea suggest the biggest Galaxy S10+ will come with five cameras. Not three or four, but five cameras total. Newer leaks suggest the S10 will have four cameras (2 on the front, 2 on the back) and the S10+ will have five.
If Samsung keeps (yet improves) its dual rear cameras from the Galaxy S9+ and Note 9, but then adds a third ultra wide-angle lens, that would be great. Not to mention they could potentially combine all three together for one big 36 Megapixel photo. Then, of course, we want two front-facing cameras for better portrait-style photography.
4. Better Battery Life
Almost every aspect of smartphones is way better now than it was 3-4 years ago except one — battery life. It can’t improve every year like the screen, camera and software. However, that doesn’t mean we don’t want improvements.
The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ last almost an entire day, which is decent. I’ll gladly take a few extra mm of thickness if that means a 3,800 or 4,000 mAh battery so I never have to worry about it running out during a busy day.
In fact, we’re already seeing signs of this exact approach by Samsung. The new Galaxy Note 9 has a massive 4,000 mAh battery inside and easily lasts longer than any Galaxy I’ve ever had. We’ve seen something similar in the Galaxy S8 Active, so it makes sense for Samsung to vastly improve battery life in the Galaxy S10. We doubt they’ll match the Note 9, as that’s their best device, but the S10+ will come close and likely have around 3,800 mAh.
5. Improved Software (Updates & AR Emoji)
And last but not least we want an improvement in the software department. We’re talking about the overall software experience. Whether that’s better and faster performance, quick and timely updates, or useful features and themes. I’m also looking forward to AI smarts to improve battery life, and smarter camera software so photos aren’t so oversaturated, delivering more vibrant colors. Not to mention better AR features like the AR Emoji and such.
Samsung is already one of the best when it comes to adding helpful tools and feature to its software. Just take a look at these 10 cool things the Galaxy S9 can do. They can always improve though. A huge area of improvement is the speed of software updates. If others can do it, Samsung can too.
If rumors of two cameras on the front are accurate, and 3D facial recognition is part of it, the Galaxy S10 will rival Apple’s animoji features. Then, pile on everything else we’re hearing with a sweet new design and a slick beautiful display, and you can start to see why Samsung users are getting excited.
In closing, if Samsung can make some notable improvements to the design while delivering a better display, more cameras, and longer battery life the Galaxy S10 will be a winner. Basically, everything Samsung did with the Note 9, only on a power powerful platform with a new design. Leaks and rumors continue to arrive at an alarming pace and we’ll know more soon enough. Stay tuned for more details, and expect a stunning new Galaxy S10+ in February or March of 2019.
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